Chancery Division—factual witness evidence
Chancery Division—factual witness evidence

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Chancery Division—factual witness evidence
  • Drafting witness statements in the Chancery Division
  • Supplemental factual witness statements
  • Exhibits to witness statements
  • Filing and serving witness statements
  • Giving evidence at a trial in the Chancery Division
  • Rolls Building claims
  • Non-compliance with witness evidence requirements
  • Practical tips on witness statements in the Chancery Division

This Practice Note provides guidance on witness statements and factual evidence for use at trial in the Chancery Division under Chapter 19 of the Chancery Guide. In particular, it considers drafting witness statements for use at Chancery Division trials and offers guidance on what to do where the witness is not fluent in English, cross-referencing documents in the witness statement and supplemental witness statements. It also addresses preparing for and giving evidence at a Chancery trial and the potential consequences for failing to comply with relevant provisions. Finally, it offers practical tips on witness evidence for trials in the Chancery Division.


  1. Chancery Division, High Court in London:

    1. as of 25 April 2017, CE-File electronic working is mandatory for all professional court users in certain jurisdictions of the Rolls Building in London including the Chancery Division. For guidance on electronic working in the Chancery Division, see Practice Notes: CE-File—introduction to electronic filing in the Rolls Building and other courts, CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts and Electronic filing and communications

    2. all trials in the Chancery Division in London are conducted on a fixed-end basis, meaning they will generally be required to be completed within the period allocated to them. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Order of play and trial timetables—Chancery Division London—fixed-ended trials

    3. claims started